Back in the days when I backpacked, hostels were all about shared bathrooms and big dorms. The new breed of hostels, like the Oasis, offer a different deal. Sure, there are still bunkbeds, but typically there are four, six, or eight beds to a room and you can choose rooms with their own en-suite bathroom. There are even private rooms for couples. I took a wander around recently and was impressed. Rooms are basic but airy and clean. There's a cool roof terrace with a small swimming pool, a funky bar area where you can buy snacks to go with very reasonably priced beers, a nice lounge area with sofas, and good kitchen facilities. Free breakfast is included in the price, along with free sheets, your own locker, tea and coffee all day, and free Wi-Fi. The guys at reception can fix you up with tapas and walking tours, and they host regular parties for guests. The location is reasonable—a 10-minute walk from the main tourist areas, just around the corner from the Fine Arts Museum. The one downside could be the social life: It's non-stop! Not great if you want some peace and quiet, but otherwise, pretty much ideal for backpackers who want to make some new friends while they enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.